Phoenix group searching for staff after earthquake in Haiti

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by Tess Rafols

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Posted on January 13, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 13 at 2:17 PM

PHOENIX -- A local aid group is worrying about their staff in Haiti and a prayer service is being planned for those monitoring the tragedy.

Food for the Hungry in downtown Phoenix has relief aid workers actually based in Port-au-Prince and like many folks who have loved ones or friends in Haiti, they're working frantically to find out if they're OK.

Nineteen workers with Food for the Hungry are stationed in Haiti doing outreach in impoverished communities, specifically working on childhood nutrition and medical aid.

But now, those very areas they work in are buried under rubble.

So far, the group has only been able to account for several of its staff members.

Food for the Hungry is a nonprofit relief agency that helps millions of people worldwide and, once again, it's getting ready to help those in need.

It's mobilizing a group in Florida to head over to the poor Caribbean nation to help save lives, stabilize the situation and, eventually, to help rebuild.

Meanwhile, Food for the Hungry can only wait to hear from the rest of its workers, hoping they are all safe.

A service will be taking place Wednesday night to pray for the victims of the massive quake. The service starts at 7 p.m. at the First Community Haitian Ministry located at 140 S. 97th St. in east Mesa.

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